Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sad Death of Young Girl

March 10 1882    A very sad accident occurred two miles south of Clermont (?)  on Saturday morning at the residence of Squire Brown. A young daughter of Brown, aged about fourteen years, was set down into a field adjoining the residence to drive up some sheep and passing a log heap which was burning she stopped to push up some logs.  Her clothes caught fire and were entirely burned from her except the bands at the waist.  Her entire body was parched. Dr. N. B. Allen was summoned, and he did all that medical aid could furnish, to relieve the sufferer, but she died the same afternoon in great agony.

(Ed Note; The paper said this happened in Lawrence County)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

News of County 1911

News in the Western Sun about Lawrence County Residents during month of November 1911

On November 1, 1911 a marriage license was issued to William H. Kare, 25, of Vincennes and Nellie B. Emery, age 22 of Lawrence County.Miss Emery was a nurse at the Good Samaritan Hospital.  Arriving just before Father Becher left for the church Tuesday evening,  Will Kare and Miss Nellie B. Emery were quietly married at the home of the priest about 8 clock. The marriage came as a great surprise to their many friends, who knew that it was to occur soon, but not the date. Miss Anna Muentzer and Valentine Fritz were the attendants. The groom is a glass worker and the bride is the daughter of Isaac Emery, a Lawrence County farmer. She was formally a trained nurse at the Good Samaritan Hospital. The couple will reside for the present at the home of his father, Samuel Kare, 1313 N. 3rd St. in Vincennes.  They will go to housekeeping on the south side, as the groom is employed at the Blackford Glass Factory.

November 1,7 1911
Wm. Martin and family are preparing to move back to Bridgeport to reside. They have been residents of Vincennes for several years, living at the University house at 427 Broadway street.  Mr. Martin is an oil gauger  in the Bridgeport fields and his home will be more advantageous for his occupation.  Miss Mary Martin, a clerk at the First National Bank will remain in the city.  

November 24, 1911 Auto Kills Henry Burway
On November 17, Henry Burway, a prominent young man about 18 years old was found dead this morning by friends about 2 miles north of St. Francisville where the automobile in which he had been traveling from Vincennes to his home had upset and had thrown him into the Williams ditch. Burway had been to Vincennes and started home late in the afternoon. No companion was with him during the trip. Friends took him to a house in the neighborhood and the young man’s relatives were notified.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Second Town Fire in Sumner 1911

November 24, 1911 Western Sun

The headlines said: Second Big Fire at Sumner – the Bowman Building is Completely Gutted by a Mysterious Blaze Thursday – Fire is Kept from Spreading – the Photograph Gallery of Jess Martoon Again Saves Other Buildings from Destruction as it did in Previous Blaze

The article read: November 17 a destructive fire again visited Sumner last night and the Bowman building containing the millinery stock of Brothers and Robinson and the harness shop of L J Bowman, owner of the building, was completely destroyed. The stock of millinery was burned while a large portion of the harness stock was saved. There is insurance on both the building and the two stocks. The chemical fire engine and the volunteer fire brigade worked heroically and it was sheer luck that the blaze did not spread.

The iron clad photograph gallery of Jess Mattoon adjoining the Bowman building again stopped the spread of the fire as it did in the very destructive fire that occurred here several weeks ago. In both cases the fire worked up to the gallery and was stopped. The former blaze occurred on a street adjoining Christy Avenue on which is located the Bowman building.  

Ed note: Headline spelled it Martoon, but in the article it was spelling Mattoon.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Charles A. Gillen, Sr.

Thanks to D Foote for the following: 


Charles A. Gillen, Co G 11th Mo, (Eagle Brigade), Birds, Ill. has never seen anything regarding his old regiment in the NATIONAL TRIBUNE. He would like to know if the boys remember that first expedition of the regiment to Ft. Pillow, under the command of Gen. Pope, immediately after the capture of Island No. 10. The fleet consisted of 25 steamers loaded with troops, and convoyed by the gunboats and mortar-fleet. They suffered terribly with the cold on the trip, as they were on the hurricane deck, and it rained nine days and nights. The men, having no shelter from the weather, used to crowd around the smokestack to keep warm. The Captain of the boat they were on, complained to the Colonel; he being afraid that the crowding around the stacks would cause the boat to take fire, and guards were placed to prevent the boys from taking the little comfort to be had there.

Death has again removed from our midst a dear parent, a beloved comrade and neighbor and loyal citizen, Charles A. Gillen, Sr. who departed this life May 21st 1912, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 29, 1832. He was a son of Hannah and Philip Dylan, his father being a native of county Cavan, Ireland. With his brother Riley, he immigrated to this section of the country in 1840 or 1841. His father entered and bought the land now owned by Stephan Rash, and the South 40 acres now owned by Isaac Gearhart and the land on which he resided the greater part of his life.

His boyhood and early manhood was spent amid the privation and hardship of pioneer life. The only education he received outside of what he received in Philadelphia was obtained in the pioneer schools of this section. Although having but a meager chance to obtain an education, he was a great reader and was considered by his neighbors and friends above the average intelligence. On July 26, 1861 he responded to the call of his country and entered the camp of the Union a private in Company G 11th Missouri and served one year four months and 14 days. He was honorably discharged December 10, 1862 for disability. On December 24, 1863 he was united in marriage to Emily Price. To this union were born five children, Violet who died in infancy, Mary Bird, of Hardy, Arkansas, Philip of Pekin, Illinois, Carrie Bird of West Concord, Minnesota and Charles of Birds, Illinois. On the 10th day Of August 1882 he was mustered as a comrade in the W.H. Fritchey Post No. 150 GAR. As a member of the GAR he was honored by his comrades by being made Officer of the Day, almost the entire history of the post. He also served several terms as Commander.

Besides his children he leaves a sister Mrs. Margaret Rawlings of Hennessee, Oklahoma, his wife having preceded him to the great beyond only two months ago. He was buried in Conover Cemetery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Washington Lackey

Ed Note:  Warning this article might make you queasy! Thanks to Roxanne S for sending it. 

June 23, 1898 Washington Lackey, residing 3 miles from Russellville, Lawrence County, Illinois met with a horrible death yesterday while operating a self – binder, during harvesting week. Mr. Lackey had left his seat on the machine and was, it is supposed, adjusting the harness on the team, a span of mules, when they became frightened and ran away.

The unfortunate man was thrown to the ground, caught in the sickle, and when his sons, who were shocking wheat in the same field, reached the prostrate form of their father, he was so horribly mangled that his bowels and lungs protruded from the body, and the flesh was torn from the limbs in different places.

He was taken immediately to his home, a distance of 3 miles, where Dr. Lindsay,  of Birds Station, did all he could for the sufferer  until he was relieved by death, after two hours of intense suffering.

Washington Lackey was about 60 years of age, and upright honest man who enjoyed the confidence of the entire community where his whole life was spent, and where he had by his industry and frugality succeeded in amassing a fortune of $75,000, and was the largest taxpayer in Lawrence County. 

He leaves a wife, daughter of the late William Lagow, and seven children, the youngest a daughter 16 years of age, who have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place this Tuesday morning interment at the Pinkstaff Cemetery.

(Ed note:  Nice when your obituary mentions how money you are worth ..)

According to J King,  in 1859 Andrew Washington Lackey and his brother Adam Lackey bought land from Harvey Allison. In 1861 the brothers sold their land to their other brother James Lackey, and this land is known today as the old home place of Jim Lackey. Washington as he was called, located his family on a farm a very short distance away from his brother’s place and he lived the life of a typical Lawrence County farmer. (We are not sure what John means by this....) It is said the old farm house is still standing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Humor in 1911

Historical Humor

Humor published in 1911 newspaper:   “My husband amuses me,” said the hostess, “by the excuses he has for being detained downtown of evenings.  Sometimes I can almost hear his brain working out an excuse as he tiptoes up the stairs.”

“My husband,” said the guest, “is different. He is a very systematic man, and some time ago he wrote out a list of various excuses and numbered them. Now when he comes in, he just calls up the stairs, No. #4 or No. #20 or whatever the number may be.”  

More 1911 Humor

Homer: Do you have trouble with your automobile?

Elijah: Trouble!  I couldn’t have more if I were married to the blamed machine. 

(Ed Note:  The researchers were mixed in their feelings about whether these jokes were funny or not...I guess it depends on who you are...)

Have you paid your 2017 dues?  If you haven't, I don't think you will be getting your newsletters, and that's certainly not funny! 

And don't forget to stop by and see the new telephone exhibits at the History Center..Monday and Saturday 9-3.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow and the LTHS hill

(Ed Note: We were waiting to publish this on a snowy day but we think spring is on its way.... Not that we are complaining...  Thanks to Kaye F for transcribing.)

The following is an excerpt taken from the book, “Jest About Things" by Bett Moore, a columnist for The Daily Record, Lawrenceville, Illinois for many years.

    “The “great snow of 1994” that blanketed Lawrence County along with most of the country a few hundred miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, January 17 and several days thereafter, reminded me of winters in my childhood….
    I also remember several winters when the snow covered the driveway on the hill at the west side of Lawrenceville Township High School.  The driveway was composed mostly of old cinders from the LTHS furnace mixed with a little gravel.  But, no other hill in town could offer the thrills and spills as the LTHS hill when covered with snow and topped with dozens of youngsters riding sleds down its slopes.
    One winter snow had been on the ground a couple of days before I finally got to the LTHS hill with my sled.  There were countless sled runner tracks and a few rather bare spots on the driveway.  But, I was not to be discouraged from making my share of trips down the hill and trudging back to the top for more downhill rides.  However, the first trip down the hill my sled hit a patch of cinders.  I “flew” off the sled and went face-first down the driveway for several yards.  When I finally clammered to my feet, my face was bloody because some cinders embedded themselves in my nose, cheeks and forehead.

    My poor mother was used to her “oldest kid” getting into scrapes.  Therefore, she was not too excited when she had to sit me down on the toilet in the bathroom to carefully pick the embedded cinders from my skin.” 

If you didn't get a chance to see Mike Neal's 'snow' window that H Scherer and N King and others decorated, then see the display soon because it will be be taken out and replaced by the students of K. Kiser's high school class in April. And don't forget to stop by and see the telephone exhibit at the History Center.